Editors' pick

The Beatdown


Editorial Review

For every rap fan who picks apart their favorite emcee's rhymes, there's another who imagines what it would be like to explore the musical stashes of the best producers in the game. One can only guess how many monster beats have yet to be unleashed by teams of track bangers every time Busta Rhymes, Kanye or Jay-Z drops another hit. Get a glimpse inside the hip-hop producer's creative process at the Beatdown showcase where DJ Spinna, Bink!, Kev Brown and 88 Keys rock unreleased beats through a thunderous sound system. Between the four of them, they've got credits on songs by De La Soul, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi and Eminem as well as the big three named above. Sm City and Ra the MC will represent for the D.C. home team with full band performances.